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flying jib

noun, Nautical.
the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.
Origin of flying jib
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An hour went by, and as the wind was still rising, the flying jib was taken in.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • All above the topgallant-sails; also the studding-sails and flying jib.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Her mother was inviting Mr. Bayard to call on them at the flying jib.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • But his sheets and halyards had been so shot away that not a sail could be set, except the flying jib.

  • Man fore-clew-garnets, flying jib down haul, topgallant sheets, and gaff-topsail gear.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Haul down the flying jib: take the bonnet off the jib, and put a reef in her," came the strong swift sentences.

  • HAD scarce gained a position on the bowsprit when the flying jib flapped and filled upon the other tack, with a report like a gun.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • He could not see the lights of the flying jib from where he stood; this disappointed him, and he walked on.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • We have the flying jib to ourselves—that little green cottage, you know, on the rocks.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The interior of the flying jib varied from a dreary lodge to a summer home, according to the nature of the occupants.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for flying jib

flying jib

the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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